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Subject: Nut driver rams U.S. Capitol barricades killing Capitol Police officer, then lunging at another with knife, before driver was killed by police. ...

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Date Posted: Friday, April 02, 12:40:08pm

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Killed In Attack At Capitol Checkpoint. ...
April 2, 2021

One U.S. Capitol Police officer is dead and another is hospitalized with injuries after an apparent attack at a Capitol checkpoint, in which a man rammed his car into officers and lunged at them with a knife, police said.

The suspect — who has since been pronounced dead — entered the North barricade of the Capitol just after 1 p.m. ET, ramming his car into two officers and then crashing into a barrier, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a briefing.

Officers engaged the suspect, she added, but he did not respond to verbal commands. He exited the vehicle and began "lunging" toward police with a knife visible in his hand, at which point officers fired their weapons, killing the suspect.

The two officers were transported to two hospitals, and Pittman said one of them had succumbed to his injuries. She did not provide additional details, saying next of kin have yet to be notified.

"This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6, and now after the events that have occurred here today," she said. "So I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers."

Little is known about the suspect or possible motive, authorities said, as the investigation remains in its early stage.

Pittman said the U.S. Capitol Police did not have the suspect on file, so there is at present no indication that "there's any nexus to any member of Congress."

Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a car that had crashed into a barrier. In the videos, at least two people were carried on stretchers into waiting ambulances.

The U.S. Capitol was placed under lockdown amid what Capitol Police described as "an external security threat."

No entry or exit was permitted, and police said: "If you are outside, seek cover."

Capitol Police tweeted just after 3 p.m. that it had cleared the "external security incident" at all U.S. Capitol Campus buildings, but said the area around the scene would remain restricted.

The incident occurred as both the House and Senate were in recess, though both buildings have staff – and reporters — working inside. Several lawmakers took to Twitter to share thoughts and prayers for those at the building as the situation unfolded.

President Biden was in Camp David, Md., when the incident took place, according to the White House.

A statement from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department said: "A call came in at approximately 1:05 pm to the unit block of Constitution Ave, NE, for the report of a possible shooting." MPD provided no other details.

The FBI's Washington, D.C., field office said it had "responded to an incident at the U.S. Capitol" and is providing support to Capitol Police.

The D.C. National Guard said it deployed a quick reaction force, comprising National Guard soldiers and airmen, to the Capitol complex to support the U.S. Capitol Police.

Attorney General Merrick Garland "has been briefed on the incident ... and is actively monitoring the situation," tweeted Anthony Coley, a Justice Department spokesman.

The incident comes less than three months after the Jan. 6 riot that exposed serious flaws in the Capitol's security apparatus.

Temporary fencing that had been erected around the Capitol's outer perimeter was removed late last month, though temporary fencing remains in place closer to the building. The crash occurred at an access checkpoint to the Capitol.

Capitol Police have said that a reduced perimeter will stay up while it works with "congressional stakeholders and law enforcement partners to strengthen our security posture."

NPR congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales reports that there has been considerable concern among lawmakers from both parties about the prospect of making the fencing permanent.

Pittman noted that it has been an "extremely challenging year," but said the force's "security posture at this time remains the same."

NPR Deputy Washington Editor Krishnadev Calamur contributed reporting.

...This is a developing story.

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He was an African_American Nation of Islam discipleBuckeyesno1Friday, April 02, 03:17:22pm
Suspect has been identified as 25 year old Noah Green from Indiana. ...Link included.Friday, April 02, 03:18:13pm

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